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'''''The Wolverine''''' is a 2013 superhero film based on the character of ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}. Again.

Directed by James Mangold, the film is loosely based on Creator/ChrisClaremont and Creator/FrankMiller[='s=] acclaimed 1982 ''Wolverine'' [[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine mini-series]], which saw the character traveling to Japan. It is the second attempt to give Wolverine his own movie following ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' to which this was originally going to be a sequel. HughJackman reprises his role as Wolverine from the ''Film/XMen'' film series, and is joined by Tao Okamoto as Mariko Yashida, Will Yun Lee as Kenuichio Harada, Hiroyuki Sanada as Shingen Yashida, and Rila Fukushima as Yukio. Set some years after the events of ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', the movie follows Logan as he returns to Japan after the disbandment of the team. While there, he is caught up in a world of Yakuza intrigue and falls for Mariko, the daughter of a powerful industrialist.

Watch the official trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=toLpchTUYk8 here]], the first international trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=btLk7Ut2s3s here]], and the second international trailer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anJdo3wjV-M here]]. The storyline that inspired this film was also loosely adapted into a ''Wolverine'' [[Anime/{{Wolverine}} anime series]] in 2011.

Currently, another stand-alone Wolverine film set for a 2017 release in is development.

Followed by the ''[[Film/XMenFirstClass First Class]]'' sequel ''[[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast X-Men: Days of Future Past]]''.

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!!Tropes applying to ''The Wolverine'':

* AbsurdlySharpBlade:
** The heirloom katana that Yukio brings with her to meet Logan is able to cleanly slice barstool legs and a beer bottle, without harming the man on the stool or the guy holding the beer bottle.
** While adamantium blades are indestructible and can virtually cut through anything, superheating it is the only way to slice through another adamantium substance with laser-like precision.
* ActionGirl:
** Yukio introduces herself in a bar brawl and proves competent enough to protect Logan. And later helps him fight Viper.
** Mariko is proficient in softhanded martial arts and an excellent knife-thrower, helping to [[spoiler:kill Silver Samurai.]]
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Yukio, compared to her comics counterpart. Being portrayed by an actress-model helps.
* AdaptationalBadass: Mariko Yashida is a much more capable and physical badass in this movie than she was in the comics.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** Harada, sort of. In addition to [[spoiler: pulling a HeroicSacrifice to save Logan]], he's far less of a {{Jerkass}} than his comic counterpart, who is a foreigner-hating bigot.
** Yukio was much more morally ambiguous in the comics (especially in earlier appearances, where she was a mercenary/assassin/thief) than in the movie.
* AdaptationDyeJob:
** Yukio sports natural black hair in the comics but has dyed red hair in the movies.
** Viper also has blond hair rather than green.
* AdaptationNameChange: Mariko's fiance has his name changed from "Noburo Hideki" to "Noburo Mori," possibly because, although an actual Japanese name, Hideki is a given name, not a family one.
* AllWomenLoveShoes: Yukio politely hands a pair of high heels to one of the prostitutes as she runs out the door in her underwear.
* AnimalMotifs: Next to the Wolverine, we also have the Viper, and their animalistic nature is often alluded to.
* AnimeHair: Yukio. [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair Down to the color.]] Director James Marigold has expressly stated his desire was to give her a more anime appearance, hence the aforementioned AdaptationDyeJob.
* AnnoyingArrows: Logan is brought down by several arrows near the film's climax. He manages to shrug most of them off until he's hit with poisoned ones which eventually knocks him out.
* TheArcher: Harada is quite a ColdSniper, especially when it comes to defending Mariko, as well as his squadron of Black Clan ninjas.
* ArrangedMarriage: Mariko and Noburo for business purposes.
* ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics: Yashida stares directly into the flash of an atomic bomb and suffers no ill-effects. He should have been blinded on the spot, which would have made it a lot harder to run for the well. His survival of the following explosion and radiation is somewhat more plausible, due to distance and detonation factors (an air-burst detonation leaves relatively little fallout), but still rather unlikely given he waited until the blast had practically caught up to them.
* ArtisticLicensePhysics:
** While fighting atop the bullet train, Wolverine charges at a mook many feet behind him by leaping up so that he remains in the same place while the train speeds by under him. In reality, Wolverine and the mooks are already moving at the same speed as the train, so jumping would at best provide only minimal deceleration through wind drag, as opposed to Wolverine temporarily flying like he's Superman.
** A superheated adamantium sword is depicted cutting through room temperature adamantium. While (in the canon) adamantium can only be made malleable by superheating it, superheating the sword would only render ''the sword'' more malleable, not what it's cutting. Given ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' already demonstrated that adamantium can potentially damage other adamantium under the right conditions, the sharpness and angle of the sword strikes should have been sufficient to do the job, [[spoiler:especially when backed by the strength of PoweredArmor]].
* AsYouKnow: When he saw the old pit where he saved Ichirō, Wolverine was about to tell what had happened there... and [[DefiedTrope Mariko stopped him]]: she already knows that story.
* UsefulNotes/AtomicBombingsOfHiroshimaAndNagasaki: The bombing of Nagasaki is featured at the start of the movie. Wolverine is shown as a POW held in a camp across the bay, and both he and a Japanese soldier survive while everyone else in the camp kick it. [[spoiler: Said soldier is Ichirō Yashida, Mariko's grandfather.]]
* TheAtoner: Wolverine goes to Japan to face his guilt for killing Jean Grey and to receive help from an old friend who might have the means to remove his HealingFactor and make him mortal.
** Harada ends up as this near the end of the film.
* AudibleSharpness: Aside from Wolverine's claws, the ringing noise when young Yashida presents the samurai sword to him in the well goes on for several seconds.
%%* AxCrazy: Viper.
* {{Badass}}:
** Wolverine, as usual. The gruff soldier with the metal claws beats down both yakuza thugs and ninja thugs and then squares off against an eight foot tall suit of PoweredArmor.
** Viper does pretty well against Wolverine.
** Shingen Yashida. As much of a bastard as he is, it can't be denied.
* BadassAdorable: Yukio who has anime rebel schoolgirl features with the efficiency of Miho in terms of swordsmanship.
* BadassNormal:
** Shingen Yashida. No mutant powers, no supertech, just a katana. Nonetheless, he holds his own against the Wolverine himself. Oh, and [[spoiler:he was weakened by Viper's poison at the time, poison that it appears was intended to kill him.]]
** Harada is mundane TheLeader of a clan of mundane ninja.
** Yukio’s mutant power is a limited form of precognition that allows her to see how people will die. Her strength and skills come entirely from training, yet she kicks about as much ass as Wolverine, a decades old veteran warrior with an indestructible skeleton, metal claws, and an enhanced healing factor.
** Wolverine has a very difficult time with the two determined Yakuza on top of the bullet train, who do all the same death-defying stunts as Wolverine without any superpowers at all.
* BadDreams: Throughout the film, Logan suffers chronic nightmares of Jean, his [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]] who he [[XMenTheLastStand previously]] was forced to kill.
* BaldOfEvil / BaldWomen: Viper after she sheds her skin and looks more evil and like a viper.
* BeardOfSorrow: Logan starts out with a shaggy one, likely resulting from the events of ''The Last Stand''.
* BerserkButton: Threatening people Logan cares about will make him go berserk, which is pretty normal. Causing unwarranted suffering on wild fauna, however, also puts him on a violent warpath.
* {{BFS}}: The Silver Samurai wields an enormous katana and wakizashi, both made out of pure adamantium. Holding these swords with both hands triggers the blades to become superheated and be able to cut through adamantium.
* BigBad: [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida who is responsible for bringing Logan to Japan and has an EvilPlan to steal his HealingFactor. However, the yakuza that kidnap Mariko on two occasions were hired by Shingen and Mori]].
* BigBadEnsemble: [[spoiler: There are two separate villainous factions in this movie: One led by Shingen Yashida, and one led by Shingen's father Ichirō.]]
* BilingualBonus: Yashida's sword, the one he tries to pass on to Logan, is inscribed with kanji characters that mean "never grow old, never die".
* BloodlessCarnage: The scores of {{Mooks}} that find themselves on the pointy end of Wolverine's claws don't bleed [[note]]Though there's plenty of blood flying around in the "Unleashed" edition[[/note]]. However Wolverine bleeds, though it doesn't mean much since he's NighInvulnerable even with his gimped healing factor.
* BloodierAndGorier - In the extended cut there is no BloodlessCarnage, up to and including a number of ninjas being sucked into a snow-blower and scattered across a few buildings.
* BodyguardingABadass: Yukio to Logan: "Think of me as your bodyguard" [[OneManArmy Wolverine]] just eyerolls and goes with it. It's understandable in this case because Logan isn't used to fighting without his HealingFactor. The 'everyone can use back up' reason is employed.
* BookEnds: "I'm your bodyguard."
* BrickJoke: In the beginning of the movie, Logan is shown clearly distressed and nervous [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes whenever he's on a plane]], vigorously clutching the arms of his chair in terror. In one of the movie's final scenes, he can be seen clutching his chair yet again.
* BroadStrokes: As an adaptation to Wolverine's backstory in Japan in the comics, Logan does not have any knowledge of Japanese culture and etiquette throughout the film.
** ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'' is mostly treated as CanonDiscontinuity (for starters, the opening has Logan in World War II alone instead of accompanied by half-brother Sabretooth), except for some examples listed in ContinuityNod.
* BroughtDownToBadass: Wolverine's HealingFactor is dialed down to near-human levels. While his adamantium skeleton and multiple lifetimes of traumatic injury have rendered him superhumanly strong, tough, and resistant to pain, he's still left considerably weaker since his injuries accumulate rather than healing automatically.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Parts of the film set in Japan and Canada were filmed in and around Sydney, Australia.
* CallBack: One of the first modern day scenes in the film is Wolverine delivering some punishment to a hunter who supposedly used a poisoned broad-tip arrow to hunt bears. Poison, particularly poisoned arrows, come back [[spoiler: in the third act, when Harada uses a poisoned arrow to knock Wolverine out for the climax.]]
* CaughtInTheRain: Logan and Mariko return to the house in Nagasaki after a sudden rainshower and change from their wet clothes into traditional Japanese wear. Mariko notes that Logan is wearing his wrong and goes to adjust it; it's no surprise what happens next.
* CharacterDevelopment:
** Logan was an avid DeathSeeker to atone for his guilt after Jean's death. When Ichirō gave him the offer, Logan refuses until he was sabotaged by Viper. The loss of his accelerated healing clearly shook up Logan as he is thrown battle after battle to the brink of death. He recovers this ability and he also manages to let go of Jean by the end of the film.
** Mariko began having no interest in the Yashida zaibatsu when her grandfather named her as his heir but with the turmoil over its ownership and the climactic turn of events, her appointment as the Yashida CEO is one she accepted wholeheartedly.
* ChekhovsGun:
** [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida's life support equipment is used to discover the machine suppressing Logan's healing factor.]]
** Yukio seems shocked by Yashida's sudden death [[spoiler: because she didn't see him die, because he didn't actually die.]]
** In the beginning, a bear is shot by a poisoned arrow, [[spoiler: then in the climax, Logan is taken down with Harada's poisoned arrows.]]
* ChekhovsSkill:
** Japanese swords need to be held with two hands.
** Mariko mentions while looking at photographs that she's a champion with knives. Her knife-throwing expertise does come in handy.
** Shingen is introduced kicking ass in kendo.
* ChildhoodMarriagePromise: Mariko jokes that she was going to marry Harada, but couldn't because they weren't fifteen.
* ColorCharacter: The ancestral '''Silver''' Samurai suit; later depicted as a [[spoiler: PoweredArmor]] with the silvery luster of adamantium.
* ColorMotif:
** Yukio has a thing for [[FieryRedhead fiery red]].
** Viper has a thing for green.
* ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames:
** Played straight with the adamantium PoweredArmor that is not explicitly called Silver Samurai. The moniker of Silver Samurai was named after a suit of samurai armor that serves as a LegacyCharacter for the Yashida generations.
** Averted by Wolverine who calls himself The Wolverine at one point.
** Played with for Viper, who never calls herself "the Viper" but does says she's ''a'' viper.
** Played straight with The Hand (mainly linked to the Film/{{Daredevil}} / Film/{{Elektra}} franchise, and ownership of those rights reverted back to Marvel before the film was finished), who are referred to as "The Black Clan" and led by Harada.
* CompositeCharacter:
** Ichiro Yashida has elements of [[spoiler: Shingen Harada, the second Silver Samurai. The most obvious being the suit of PoweredArmor]].
** Shingen in the film is a combination of the comics Shingen Yashida and the personality of Kenuichio Harada.
** Yukio's knife-throwing skills were given to Mariko, in a plot-important role.
* ConservationOfNinjitsu: [[spoiler:Shockingly averted as despite sending a whole army of ninjas for Logan to fight, he manages to kill two by surprise in the belief he was still weakened by Viper's device, only for Harada to immediately fall back and use rope arrows to slow Logan down and highly poisonous arrows to knock him out.]]
* ContinuityCameo: [[spoiler:Magneto and Xavier in the Stinger, which also shows an in-universe advertisement for Trask Industries for ''[[Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast X-Men: Days of Future Past]]''.]]
** [[spoiler: Also Wolverine's classic costume makes a brief appearance in the alternate ending. When Yukio and Logan board the plane, Yukio hands him a large flat box. He opens it to find himself staring at a familiar yellow face mask, with other spandex pieces. All he can do is give Yukio a "Really?" look.]]
* ContinuityNod:
** While most of the film has Wolverine remembering Jean, the scene where he wakes up has a voiceover involving Kayla Silverfox from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
** When the ghost of Jean was jealous of Mariko, she reminds Wolverine that all the women he loves die. Silver Fox, his love from ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', also died in that film.
** The post-credits scene where [[spoiler: Magneto and Xavier]] arrive to recruit Logan mirrors their brief encounter from decades earlier in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
** [[spoiler:Wolverine flatlines once again after having surgery done to him]], just like ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine'', though this time by it's done by himself.
** Wolverine is afraid of flying.
** Also a subtle one to ''X2'', as in the movie William Striker said that the only way to make the otherwise indestructible Adamantium malleable was to superheat it. Guess how Wolverine's claws get cut off.
** Much like Silverfox, Logan's new love interest Mariko also brings up a legend about a "kuzuri", aka the "wolverine".
** {{Storm}} can be seen briefly on a photo in a file.
* ContinuitySnarl: In previous films it had been established that Logan had no memory of his past prior to 1979. So how, exactly, was he able to remember saving Yashida during World War II?
* CorruptCorporateExecutive:
** Shingen Yashida from is a rich businessman with ties to the Yakuza.
** [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida]], in the end of his life.
* CorruptPolitician: Noburo Mori, Minister of Justice, is doing nothing to enforce justice. Instead he's trying to bumb off his finance and fooling around with prostitutes.
* CranialProcessingUnit: Zigzagged. Wolverine cuts the head off the Silver Samurai robot, and it falls over. [[spoiler:Then it gets back up again and ''then'' it's revealed that the Samurai isn't a robot, it's a suit of Powered Armor with a man inside. If Wolverine had just cut a little lower...]]
* CrucifiedHeroShot: After Wolverine becomes a HumanPincushion, he strikes this pose, mostly because all the tethers attached to the arrows are forcing him into it.
* DamselOutOfDistress: When Mariko is snagged by thugs at her grandfather's funeral, she was well on her way toward escaping from them when Logan reached her and finished them off. Also she saves Logan a few times and [[spoiler:helps take down Silver Samurai with her knife-throwing skills.]]
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Viper, who seems to know about Logan's HealingFactor, along with using Mariko as a DistressedDamsel to force him to come to the facility where she plans to take his mutant powers away. She even deliberately taunts him to make him pull his claws out while he's restrained in a chair.
* DarkActionGirl: Viper is a vicious poisoner and martial artist to the point that even men don't mind fighting her.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The film is more serious than the previous X-Men movies, presenting the story as a noir crime drama.
* DeathByAdaptation:
** [[spoiler: Viper wasn't hanged in the comics.]]
** [[spoiler: Harada wasn't killed in the comics]], who falls under Type 2 of this trope.
* DecompositeCharacter: [[spoiler:Silver Samurai is split into two separate characters. Harada (Samurai's civilian ID in the comics) is depicted as a ninja and Mariko's former lover, while the ACTUAL Silver Samurai is Mariko's grandfather, Ichirō, who uses a silver suit of samurai-themed powered armor]].
* DefiantCaptive: Mariko got in a few hits on [[spoiler: her kidnappers and even put one of Hanada's assassins in a chokehold. She saves Logan from Silver Samurai]].
* DesignatedGirlFight: Yukio fights Viper at the end, though it's mostly because Logan is occupied with the Silver Samurai at the time.
* DesperatelySeekingAPurposeInLife: Logan is essentially a wandering hobo when the film starts, mostly just living in the wilderness and avoiding contact with people as much as possible. Only when he meets Mariko does he start to have a renewed hope to go on living.
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: The film has this when Yashida [[spoiler:AKA the real Silver Samurai]] offers Wolverine amnesty for his actions against him when he corners him. Wolverine's response? "[[PrecisionFStrike Go fuck yourself, pretty boy]]."
* DiscOneFinalBoss: [[spoiler: Shingen]] is responsible for the yakuza thugs and Logan fights him to end this plot thread and [[spoiler: become 'the wolverine'' again]] but there's a bigger villain in play.
* DisneyVillainDeath:
** [[spoiler:Ichirō]], somewhat. Logan [[spoiler:throws him off the building and he crashes below, but he was probably already dead even before hitting the ground.]]
** Wolverine also tried doing this to Noburo, but luckily for him, there was a swimming pool beneath the window Wolverine threw him out of.
* EnemyMine: Harada cites Viper as a [[spoiler: "means to an end," and voices his displeasure towards her consistently. Viper seems indifferent to Harada attitude-wise, but she just sees him as another inferior underling.]]
* EvilPlan: Yashida wants Logan's HealingFactor so he can live forever. This is why he sends Yukio to retrieve him.
* ExactWords: When Wolverine is interrogating [[spoiler: Noburo]] he tells him that he'll throw him out the window if he "doesn't like" what he hears [[spoiler: and says nothing about telling the truth. Sure enough, Noburo gives him the information he asked for, but gets thrown out the window anyway, because "I didn't like it."]]
* FaceHeelTurn: Ichirō Yashida was apparently a genuinely nice and caring man once, but [[spoiler:when his cancer started destroying him, he became obsessed with immortality and turned evil.]]
* FailedAttemptAtDrama: Noburo Mori
-->'''Logan:''' You're gonna talk tough, standing there in your red underwear?
* FamilyOfChoice: [[spoiler: At the end of the movie, Mariko adopts Yukio as her sister, "her only family," as the rest of the Yashida family have been killed off.]]
* FauxAffablyEvil:
** Viper talks in a polite and seductive tone when discussing her evil plans.
** [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida continues to discuss philosophy and talk like a kindly grandfather even as he is literally sucking out the life of Wolverine. He also seems to genuinely want Logan to find peace in death.]]
* FeetFirstIntroduction: Yukio and Viper have these with their "badass in boots" look, as well as a ShesGotLegs intro when Viper gets out of her car at the funeral.
* FemmeFatale: Viper kills with a kiss... literally. She does know how to use her considerable sexuality as a weapon.
* FollowTheLeader: While the use of post-credits scenes was nothing new (not even in this franchise, as ''X-Men: The Last Stand'' already did its own), the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse popularized their use as a tool for 'world-building', i.e. using them to tie non-sequel movies into a bigger universe. ''The Wolverine'' "copies" this concept as it contains a Stinger that ties it into ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', when originally this movie wasn't going to be related to ''First Class'' nor the original series.
* TheForeignSubtitle: The Brazilian and Russian releases added the subtitle ''Immortal''.
* {{Foreshadowing}}:
** [[spoiler:Yukio's vision of Wolverine's future, although it doesn't play out quite the way she saw it.]]
** [[spoiler:Noburo's remark about the Yashida's expensive adamantium research.]]
** [[spoiler:The fact that Yukio didn't foresee Ichirō dying that night.]]
* ForgottenFallenFriend: In Logan's mind, Jean is "all alone" where she is, and wants him to join her... except Logan ''knows'' that she loves Cyclops, who is ''also'' dead... and Xavier, who, while not her lover, was still a mentor and good friend, [[spoiler: who, as far as Logan knew, was '''also''' dead.]] It's a JustifiedTrope in that [[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane if she was an actual ghost]], Logan's guilt could have been keeping her from moving on. And if she wasn't, and merely a manifestation of his guilt, then it's perfectly understandable that she would focus on Logan and play on his secret fears.
* FreudianExcuse: Shingen covered for his father robbing his own company to extend his own lifespan, only for Ichirō to leave everything to Mariko instead.
* GeniusBruiser:
** Implied with Viper since she's a scientist.
** Shingen Yashida makes a brief mention to the fact he graduated in biology, and is as well a very competent businessman.
** Ichirō Yashida served in the military in World War II, and later founded a highly successful technology conglomerate.
* GenreShift: James Mangold has referred to the film as more of a FilmNoir piece rather than a {{Superhero}} film like ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Wolverine standing in the cold rain after he and Mariko are stuck in a LoveHotel is ''very'' easy to see as him taking a cold shower.
* GoodAdulteryBadAdultery: The good adulterer [[spoiler:Logan, sleeps with Mariko, but he's a wounded soul and she's trapped in a loveless engagement]]. The bad adulterer [[spoiler:Noburo, is just getting his jollies on, and was engaged to Mariko to get money. He's also conspiring to have her killed for even more money]].
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Wolverine, as usual, takes a lot of punishment throughout the film, but his survival of an ''atomic bomb'' really stands out.
* GoryDiscretionShot:
** The Japanese officers in the beginning of the film performing {{Seppuku}} as American bombers approach their city.
** Logan's attempt at self-surgery. He even warns Yukio to look away when he's doing it [[spoiler:to remove a bug that Viper implanted in him to reduce his HealingFactor effectiveness.]]
* GreenAesop: Our hero walks past a brown bear peacefully. He later passes some hunters, who behave like rowdy, drunken idiots. A clerk reacts disdainfully and asks Logan, "You're not a hunter, are you?" Later we learn that the hunters were sloppy and stupid, and used illegal poisoned arrows, which resulted in the rest of them getting killed and also doomed the bear to a slow, agonizing death. Logan is distraught by the bear's suffering and returns to torture the surviving hunter, which is called "justice" by Yukio.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Mariko wears them... while Logan is battling Yakuza above her in a TraintopBattle. At one point a Yakuza thug clinging to the roof sees her through a (locked) skylight and roars in impotent rage, which of course she doesn't hear.
* HealingFactor: Wolverine loses this, which is suppressed by the Yashida Corporation, through technological means. [[spoiler:At least until he figures out how they did it and rectifies the problem.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Harada switches allegiance from Ichirō Yashida as 'the head of the Yashia family' to Mariko, who was named the head after Ichirō's faked death]].
* HesBack: [[spoiler:Magneto, with his power, and Xavier alive again in the stinger.]]
** Also when Logan figures out how his healing power was suppressed and manages to regain it all, turning him back into the the near-unstoppable fighter he is.
* HeroicSacrifice: Near the film's end, [[spoiler: Wolverine sets himself up for one during his battle with Ichirō (who was piloting the Silver Samurai armor), only for Harada to step in and distract Yashida long enough for Logan to get his bearings. The distraction gets Harada impaled onto a massive heated sword.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Mariko and Yukio. They are not sisters, Yukio was a poor girl found in the street by the Yashida family, but they were raised and treat each other as if they were sisters.
* HijackedByGanon: [[spoiler:Ichirō Yashida was alive all along and was the real mastermind behind weakening Wolverine and kidnapping Mariko. Shingen was nothing in the end.]]
* HitmanWithAHeart: Downplayed with Harada. While he isn't a hitman in the traditional sense, he's a bodyguard for the Yashida family. (By extension, serving as THEIR hitman. He and Viper are in an EnemyMine arrangement during the film) [[spoiler: Harada has a HeelFaceTurn near the end of the film after being spurned by Mariko for Logan. Shame that it ends up getting him killed in a HeroicSacrifice.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Had the Big Bad not have told Wolverine how to properly hold a Japanese sword all those years ago, he'd still be around to mock him for it.]]
* HotBlade: The Silver Samurai was able to cut Wolverine's admantium-coated claws with a superheated Adamantium sword. Since Adamantium suffers from a LikeCannotCutLike rule, presumably the intense heat melts the claws off.
* HowDidYouKnowIDidnt:
-->'''Yukio:''' How did you know there was a pool down there?\\
'''Logan:''' I didn't.
* HumanPincushion: Logan receives plenty of AnnoyingArrows by the ninjas, which, being poisoned, knock him out.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Logan gets really angry at [[spoiler: Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancé,]] despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. As seen under GoodAdulteryBadAdultery, there's a distinction. From Wolverine's perspective, Noburo, by arranging a marriage with her father, is essentially asking for her hand, where Mariko is being forced to marry him so as not to shame her father. Given his shock when she tells him, it's clear he sees the distinction.
* IAintGotTimeToBleed: Unless the wound is fatal, most characters will shrug off injuries and fight on without any detriments to their skill. Although in Wolverine's case, once he has time to rest, his wounds will catch up to him.
* IHaveNoSon: Inverted
-->'''Yashida''': Mariko. It's me, your grandfather.\\
'''Mariko''': I buried my grandfather.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: Wolverine is tempted by the option of growing old and dying like everyone else because it could mean a more mundane life. [[spoiler:He later reconsiders it.]]
* ImminentDangerClue: At Yashida-sama's funeral, Logan notices one of the monks has a tattoo sticking out his sleeve. In Japan, tattoos pretty much mean "gangster".
* ImmortalityHurts: Inverted. When he was immortal, Wolverine's wounds healed quicker and so the pain faded faster. When he loses his healing factor, the wounds and their pain linger.
* ImmortalityImmorality: [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida wants to gain immortality by stealing it from someone else. That should be the first clue that he's not a good person.]]
* ImmortalitySeeker: Ichirō Yashida became obsessed with becoming this after meeting Logan back during World War II.
* ImpaledPalm: Logan does this to a hunter that survived a bear attack, using the same arrow the hunter used on the bear which then caused it severe pain and suffering and forcing Logan to perform a MercyKill on it.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice:
** [[spoiler: Harada gets skewered by the Silver Samurai's massive sword.]]
** Logan does it to [[spoiler:Shingen]], by piercing the latter's throat while he's attempting to stab the former with his katanas.
** Logan again to the BigBad at the end of the film.
* ImprovisedWeapon: [[spoiler: Adamantium claws as]] throwing knives.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Narada hits several running Yakuza at incredible distances during the ChaseScene.
* InNameOnly: Most of the film's characters are based from ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Frank Miller's Wolverine]]'' series; with some of them taken liberties to in terms of role.
** The comics Kenuichio Harada is ''THE'' Silver Samurai, Shingen's arrogant illegitimate son and a mutant seeking to rule the Yashida clan for himself. He despises the "gaijin" and the Yashidas especially his half-sister Mariko. In the film, most of his personality reflected on Shingen while Harada is relegated to the Yashidas' bodyguard, Mariko's ex-fiance [[spoiler:and not even the actual Silver Samurai]]. His closest reference to the comics is his affiliation with Viper.
** Viper aka Madame Hydra is a high-ranking member of HYDRA (and eventually leader) who is a human with superb martial arts skills and knowledge with poisons. Much like Juggernaut before her, the film depicts her as a mutant scientist with snake-like attributes who mainly works for herself. Confusingly, Fox was still allowed to use her, even though she's much more tied to Nick Fury and SHIELD. Strangely enough, it's the Silver Samurai who is one of HYDRA's leaders during the events of ''X-Men: The Official Game''.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Korean-American actor Will Yun Lee plays the Japanese villain Kenuichio Harada.
* InterruptedSuicide: Wolverine stopped Yashida when, as the other generals, preferred to [[{{Seppuku}} die with honor]] with his own sword instead of in the atomic explosion that was coming. Wolverine took his blade out, and brought him to the pit.
* IOweYouMyLife: Logan saved the life of his benefactor decades ago. In return, he offers Logan the chance to have a mundane life rather than immortality.
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique: Logan does this to Noburo.
* JidaiGeki: Not an actual JidaiGeki movie technically speaking (as it is set in the modern day), but ''The Wolverine'' features stylistic [[{{Homage}} Homages]] and [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] aplenty to the genre and its conventions: samurai, Japanese ideals of honor, ninja clans serving noble families, etc.
* JustTrainWrong: The Shinkansen (bullet train) is powered by overhead lines, which the film gets right -- the characters studiously try to avoid hitting them -- but these overhead lines power the trains by way of very large pantographs, which take up substantial space on the roof the train. We could HandWave it as the TraintopBattle occurring atop a part of the train without one, but careful watching suggests that simply do not exist on the bullet train in the film, which is shown zooming along with no physical connection to the catenary above it. Case in point: there are at least two obstacles mounted low enough to pass between the train and the overhead lines, and Logan is forced to (carefully) leap over them. The question of how they got there aside, each of these on their own would have caused a major rail accident -- perhaps the worst in the bullet train's half-century of operation -- before it even got to him.
* KatanasAreJustBetter: The way they are supposed to be brandished becomes a ChekhovsGun.
* LeParkour: Logan uses a messy variation, which is still effective. One of the shirtless Yashida Yakuza uses this, as well as Harada and his Ninja, although it veers into Freerunning here and there. They're Ninja after all.
* LiquidAssets: Yashida intends to drain Logan's HealingFactor from him.
* LivingForeverIsAwesome: Logan refuses Yashida's offer to revoke his immortality. Despite his hardship, he prefers living with his pain to the alternative.
* LookBehindYou: During the TrainTopBattle, Logan and a mook have to keep dodging arches using each other as visual cues when to duck or jump. Wolverine eventually tricks the mook into doing the wrong one. Splat.
* LookBothWays: One of the Yakuza gets hit by a car as they chase Logan and Mariko across the street.
* LoveHotels: Logan and Mariko stay in one for the night although no love making actually occurs (at least, not at the hotel).
* MadeOfIndestructium: Wolverine's claws and the Silver Samurai suit and swords are made of adamantium. [[spoiler: It's revealed that the swords can be superheated, which allow them to cut through Wolverine's claws. Fortunately, the bones within still grow back.]]
* MadeOfIron: Yakuza Enforcers seemingly have no issue with surviving high speed impacts into the top of a bullet train after leaping over train traffic lights. The most you'll get out of them are minor, irritated grunts.
* MagicPants: Logan's pants somehow survive being incinerated while the rest of him is burned to a crisp during the bomb shelter scene. In fact, they aren't even ''singed''.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: The nigh-immortal Logan becomes involved with Mariko, who's around her twenties in the present day. [[spoiler:Logan leaves at the end to continue his journey despite finally coming to terms with Jean's death.]]
* MeaningfulName: Viper.
** Her alias as Yashida's doctor is ''Green'', and she wears green clothing as Viper.
** The name "Viper" is also meaningful. [[spoiler:It alludes to the classic fable "TheFarmerAndTheViper", which perfectly describes Logan's relationship with [[UngratefulBastard her master]]. ]]
* MercyKill: Logan, to an injured and poisoned grizzly bear.
* MovieSuperheroesWearBlack: Averted and played straight. Harada ([[ComicBookMoviesDontUseCodenames Silver Samurai in the comics]]) wears a practical black outfit for most of the movie, but [[spoiler: Yashida dons a suit of silver PoweredArmor in the finale]].
* MrFanservice:
** Logan — the bathing scene.
*** He's the only reason Tao Okamoto initially agreed to play Mariko.
** Noburo Mori is in nice shape and gets an underwear scene.
* MsFanservice:
** All of FamkeJanssen's cameos show her in very revealing clothing.
** Viper tends to wear some nice skin-tight outfits.
* MythologyGag: The film provides some nods on the ''[[ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine Wolverine]]'' limited series, where most of the characters are taken from.
** [[spoiler: Instead of Harada, the film's Silver Samurai is old man Yashida. Since the comics name Kenuichio is not a real Japanese name, the film derives Yashida's name Ichirō from the actual Japanese name, Ken''ichirō''.]]
** Mariko's arranged marriage, that she accepts as a thing of honor, which she does not expect Wolverine to understand because he's not Japanese.
** Ichirō pledges his katana to Logan as gratitude for saving his life. In the comics, Mariko is the one who pledged the Yashida katana to Logan after he kills Shingen.
** Like the film, the mini-series also took place shortly after Jean's death, and involved a love triangle with Mariko and Yukio.
** In the "Return of the King" arc of ''UltimateXMen'', Logan ends up [[spoiler: running through a bear with his claws,]] although the film's version is much more peaceable and emotional.
** The Silver Samurai possesses the ability to heat up its blades, causing them to glow. This resembles the way the comic iteration of Silver Samurai coats his katana with a glowing tachyon field.
** A very small nod on the ''Fatal Attractions'' arc may also apply [[spoiler: where the Silver Samurai extracted Logan's HealingFactor from the marrows of his broken claws (removing the adamantium along with it.)]] Wolverine later regrows his claws, now in bone form.
** In an example combined with {{Foreshadowing}} and SequelHook, [[spoiler: a commercial for Trask Industries, the makers of the mutant-hunting Sentinels, can be seen at the end of the film]].
** Moments when [[spoiler: Jean Grey]] is seen, its in a white room. Perhaps representing [[spoiler: Phoenix in the White Hot Room?]]
** The [[MultipleEndings Alternate Ending]] has Yukio [[spoiler: giving Logan a more realistic version of his classic yellow and brown and yellow costume from the comics. Complete with a mask!]]
** Mariko holding two of Wolverine's claws at the end could be an {{X-23}} reference.
** Probably not intentional, but look at Logan's train-lunge. With the black trenchcoat, it's pretty reminiscent of Victor Creed's action scenes from ''X-Men Origins: Wolverine''.
** Wolverine now has bone-claws after losing his adamantium claws something that happened in the comics. [[LighterAndSofter Albeit this version is a lot less-bloody than how he lost them in the comic, where Magneto pulled all the adamantium from his body at once]].
* NamedAfterSomebodyFamous: Hiroyuki Sanada and Shingen Yashida [[UsefulNotes/SanadaYukimura are both named]] [[UsefulNotes/TakedaShingen after known samurai.]]
* NoImmortalInertia: When Logan's healing factor is sucked out of him, he ages rapidly, gaining wrinkles, hair turning grey and his eyes clouding over as if he suddenly developed severe cataracts.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Despite [[spoiler:Ichirō]] having absorbed enough of Logan's healing factor to return to his 20s, he reverts immediately upon his connection with Logan being broken.
* NotHyperbole: When Logan tells Noburo he has ten words to explain what's going on, he ''means'' ten words.
* NotQuiteDead:
** [[spoiler:Going back to the Yashida house, Logan technically dies when he removes the cause of his weakness with his bare hands. He revives shortly thereafter when hise HealingFactor kicks back in.]]
** The Silver Samurai armour [[spoiler:keeps Ichirō alive, but he allows others to think he's dead.]]
** [[spoiler: Charles Xavier came back alive and well in the Stinger, to Wolverine's surprise.]]
* NotThatKindOfDoctor: At one point, Logan is treated by a veterinarian ''student''.
* NotWearingTights: Played straight. Wolverine wears street clothes instead of his costume from the previous films, as he is no longer a member of the X-Men, though the Silver Samurai wears a suit of PoweredArmor resembling his comic book costume.
** Almost averted, though. In a deleted alternate ending, we see Wolverine opening a suitcase he's been given and finding there... his classic comic book suit. After the events of ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', though, we might never see him wear that costume.
* OffWithHisHead:
** Logan uses one of the Silver Samurai's own swords against him, slicing the head off with it. [[spoiler:Unfortunately that doesn't stop it.]]
** [[spoiler:Yukio manages to snag Viper with a wire then ties it to an elevator, dragging her into it. A rigging coming down the shaft tags her in the head as she's being pulled up and...yeah.]]
* OffingTheOffspring: [[spoiler:Shingen planned to kill his daughter so he could have the company.]]
* OhCrap: Not said, but it's clearly written on Harada's face when he sees Wolverine's regained his healing powers.
** Three days after the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, two B-29's fly over Nagasaki. Everyone knows what's coming.
** In TheStinger [[spoiler:when Logan sees everything metal start to vibrate.]]
* OnlyInItForTheMoney:
** Noburo Mori is only marrying Mariko for the power and money that comes with such a connection to Shingen.
** Shingen Yashida's big objective is to gain his father's inheritance.
* OpenHeartDentistry: A mild example, with a veterinary student stitching up Wolverine's wounds and extracting some lead bullets out of him.
* OutrunTheFireball: An atomic fireball no less.
* PoisonedWeapons: Some moronic hunters attack a bear with illegal poisoned arrows. The bear kills several of them and escapes, but is left in agony. After Wolverine gives it a MercyKill, he angrily confronts the remaining hunters and stabs one of them with one of the arrows. Later, Wolverine is attacked by several ninjas with poisoned arrows.
* PoisonousPerson: Viper's mutant power renders her immune to all viruses and toxins, and she's able to secrete them with her tongue.
* PosthumousCharacter: Famke Janssen reprises her role as Jean Grey in several dream sequences.
* PoweredArmor: The [[spoiler: Silver Samurai]] is a humongous robotic suit of adamantium armor to help him face off against Wolverine.
* PowerNullifier: [[spoiler:A robotic parasite suppresses Wolverine's healing factor.]]
* PragmaticAdaptation: The film is a loose adaptation of the Japan arc in Creator/ChrisClaremont and ComicBook/FrankMillersWolverine series, with its own spins to the characters. Viper and Yukio, {{Badass Normal}}s in the source material, are mutants here; a PoisonousPerson and a [[PsychicPowers precognitive]] respectively.
* PreMortemOneLiner: [[spoiler:"You brought me back to say goodbye. SAYONARA!"]]
* PrecisionFStrike: "Go fuck yourself, pretty boy." The extended cut adds another ("Talk or I'll throw you out that fucking window!").
* PreviewsPulse: In the first trailer, 1:20 in.
* ProphecyTwist: Yukio predicts Logan will die with his heart on his hand. She's never wrong. [[spoiler: Logan does ''die'' (in medical terms: his heart stops functioning for an extended period of time) with his "heart" on his hand, ''but'' his healing factor kicks back in soon thereafter and he is able to return to the land of the living.]]
* RealityEnsues
** Logan's injuries take their toll after his HealingFactor slowed down. For one, he's much more susceptible to concussions and piercing weapons.
** Several of the thugs fighting Logan in their various encounters learn it's not a smart move to punch a guy in the face when he has a metal skeleton.
** [[spoiler:Building a huge mountain fortress and buying enough adamantium to build a 10-foot cyborgsuit with giant thermal-charged katanas can put even a major corporation in serious financial debt.]]
* RecordNeedleScratch: When the long-haired, bearded Logan is presented to Yashida's servants, the background music stops with this.
* RecycledTitle
* RedHerring: Will Yun Lee (Harada) was promoted to have rigorous sword training but throughout the film, most of his action scenes involved archery. If you're familiar with the comics character, one might be surprised that in this film, [[spoiler: Harada is NOT the Silver Samurai.]]
* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Viper, the reptilian-themed [[TheBaroness Baroness]].
* TheResenter: Lord Shingen hates the fact that his father prefers his own daughter over himself. [[spoiler: He tries to kill her over it.]]
* ResistanceIsFutile: This is the reason why Logan did not join the Japanese freed prisoners that were running away from the explosion that was about to happen, and preferred to stay in his pit. They can't escape from the near-ground zero of an atomic explosion.
* RevealingSkill: Two examples in the stinger. [[spoiler:The metal stuff flying to the air announces, for those who realize things quickly, that Magneto is back and with his power restored. The people frozen in their tracks, a stunt from X-Men 2, announce that Xavier is alive again.]]
* RevivalLoophole: [[spoiler:How Logan beats his predicted death; he dies but his newly-restored HealingFactor rectifies that problem a minute later.]]
* {{Ronin}}: Wolverine is described as one metaphorically. His 'lack of a master' translates to 'lack of a purpose' and drifting along with his immortality. [[note]] His comic counterpart does indeed have samurai background [[/note]]
* RRatedOpening: The film begins with the atomic bomb being dropped on Nagasaki, along with several Japanese generals committing suicide and Wolverine getting his skin blasted, setting the darker tone for the movie compared to previous X-Men movies.
* RuleOfDrama: Wolverine's regeneration is established throughout all of the X-Men movies to take only seconds, but [[spoiler:in the final fight with the Silver Samurai, his severed claws don't grow back until he prepares to strike the coup de grace. Somewhat understandable for the ones that had only been cut off a few moments ago, but one hand had been clawless for several minutes.]] It's justified by the fact that [[spoiler: lacerations heal much faster than bone breaks, let alone bone regrowth]].
* SamuraiInNinjaTown: Wolverine is technically a Ronin, and a clan of Ninjas serve as antagonists in the movie, therefore...
* SelfSurgery: Wolverine inserts his hand into his chest to remove a bug that's killing his healing factor.
* {{Seppuku}}: The Japanese military leaders preferred to die with honor rather than in the atomic explosion that was coming.
* SequelGoesForeign: Takes place almost entirely in Japan.
* ShoutOut:
** [[Film/DiamondsAreForever A character gets thrown out a hotel window only to land in a swimming pool, complete with "I didn't know there was a pool" (paraphrased) offhand remark by the attacker(s)]].
** Wolverine accidentally calls Noburo "[[Film/{{Alien}} Nostromo]]".
** The film begins with a Japanese man getting a wound from an atom bomb on his cheek that never heals. This happens to the protagonist of the famous Japanese novel about the Hiroshima bombing, Black Rain (Kuro Ame).
* SmugSnake: Viper, both figuratively (overconfident) and literally (that forked tongue!).
* SoftWater: Noburo gets thrown a dozen hotel floors into an outdoor swimming pool yet after he lands, he's still moving.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: [[spoiler: Mariko Yashida]], who was killed in the comics, but survives till the very end of the film. This is also the case for [[spoiler: her fiancé Noburo.]]
* StandardFemaleGrabArea: Played with Mariko, it seems mostly effective until she decided to fight against her [[spoiler:Yakuza kidnappers]], where she lands a few blows until she escapes with Logan.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Pleasantly and surprisingly averted. [[spoiler:Taking quite a bit of adamantium from Wolverine's claws right before a major installment coming up takes some balls from the creators.]] However the movie also plays this straight. [[spoiler: Magneto is confirmed to have regained his powers, while Professor X is back. And in the wheelchair. And promotional images for the next film reveal that sometime in the future Logan gets his adamantium claws back]].
* TheStinger: [[spoiler:Two years later, Magneto is shown to have regained his mutant power and Xavier is revealed to be alive, they both meet with Logan and ask him to join them [[SequelHook fighting the new weapon that the humans have created to destroy the mutants.]]]]
* AStormIsComing: Foreshadowed in TheStinger.
* SuperheroMovieVillainsDie: [[spoiler: Silver Samurai and Viper are killed in the climax.]]
* SuperStrength: Logan tosses people far when he gets the chance. [[JustifiedTrope Having to lug around an adamantium skeleton for years is going to make you a fair bit stronger than a normal human.]] Popular Science has made the observation that getting punched by Logan is like running face first into metal scaffolding. That's very appropriate.
* TakesOneToKillOne: Wolverine's adamantium claws are severed by a superheated adamantium blade wielded by the silver samurai.
* TeethClenchedTeamwork: Harada and Viper. While the two supply a healthy dose of intel to each other during the film, they cannot hate each other more. A scene shows them having an argument of ethics and honor, with Viper [[spoiler: [[DisproportionateRetribution spraying minor poison on Ken's face and slamming him into the ground as a retort.]]]]
* TelevisionGeography: Wolverine and Mariko flee on foot from the attack on the funeral held at the Zojoji Temple, located near Tokyo Tower, and Mariko then says goodbye at Ueno Station. Which means that they ran for about 7 kilometers, while at the same time passing by half a dozen other train stations on the way, from where they could've ridden directly to Ueno. Not only that, they go , which is about 7 km from both endpoints, meaning that they travelled almost 14 kilometers in the space of a couple of minutes.
* ThereIsOnlyOneBed: Logan and Mariko are on the run from Yakuza thugs when Logan suddenly declares they'll hold up in the nearest hotel. Unfortunately it turns out to be a love hotel and there aren't any empty rooms adjacent to each other. Mariko asks where he's going to sleep; Logan says curtly, "I won't" and stands outside in the rain, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar presumably his version of taking a cold shower]].
* ThatManIsDead: At one point in the movie, Logan says to Mariko that [[spoiler:he killed the "kuzuri" that she calls him when he killed Jean Grey.]]
* TheTheTitle: ''The Wolverine''.
* TinTyrant: The Silver Samurai sports a suit of silver-colored armor, [[spoiler: in this case a suit of PoweredArmor.]]
* TitleDrop:
-->'''Shingen Yashida''': What kind of monster are you?\\
'''Logan''': [[SpellMyNameWithAThe The]] Wolverine!
* TrainTopBattle: A ''bullet'' train, to make it that much crazier. Logan and the Yakuza have their work cut out just holding on and are almost flattened by the wind resistance, to say nothing of the low-hanging arches that fly by regularly.
* TrapIsTheOnlyOption: A picture of where the bad guys have taken Mariko is impaled in the chest of a dead mook, with COME AND GET HER [[CouldntFindAPen written in blood]] on it. He does, but is at least smart enough to have Yukio infiltrate by a less obvious route.
* UndyingLoyalty:
** Harada to Mariko, despite his allegiance with Viper. [[DeclarationOfProtection He pledges to protect her at her grandfather's funeral.]]
** Yuriko To Mariko.
* UnexpectedSuccessor: Shingen Yashida thought he would inherit his father Ichiro's corporation after the latter's impending death. Then Ichiro snubbed Shingen by naming Shingen's daughter Mariko as his sole heir in a new will. Mariko isn't happy about this either, since she never wanted that much power and authority in the first place. [[spoiler:Ichiro was plotting to cheat death all along by stealing Wolverine's HealingFactor. The reason he named Mariko his successor instead of Shingen was because Shingen would never be content to be a puppet with authority in name only.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Multi-generational one. Shingen claims Ichiro never considered him a worthy son, instead favoring his granddaughter, Shingen's daughter Mariko. Whether he is telling the truth or not, however, is left up to the viewer. [[spoiler:Given subsequent revelations about his father, he might also have simply been mistaken; Viper implies that Ichiro chose Mariko as his successor because she'd be easier to manipulate than Shingen.]]
* UngratefulBastard:
** ZigZagged with Ichirō Yashida towards Wolverine. He did want to [[spoiler:acquire Wolverine's HealingFactor to achieve eternal youth, but he claims that it's for Logan's own good since that what he (Logan) [[DeathSeeker really wanted]]. Nonetheless, Ichiro still seems genuinely thankful to Logan for Lsaving his life back in WWII.]]
*** [[spoiler: It seems he's doing partially out of necessity, aside from his desire to avoid death. He wants to protect his legacy, which includes his granddaughter. He redirects his sword when Mariko gets in front of it to protect Wolverine. He was also trying to get it peacefully by asking Wolverine first, so this was more out of desperation than outright malice and ungratefulness.]]
** Shingen also. He shows nothing but open contempt for Logan throughout the movie, never once acknowledging or thanking him for saving his father's life, if not for which he wouldn't even exist.
* UnroboticReveal: Wolverine rips off the Silver Samurai's head to reveal [[spoiler: Ichirō Yashida inside.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Shingen Yashida, after Viper scarred him. He losses all composure and fights Wolverine like some berserker.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse:
** We never do find out how the three men from the start end up dying together in the same truck. Not even in a [[TheStinger stinger.]]
** Noburo isn't seen or mentioned again after his apparently nonfatal nosedive into a swimming pool.
* WhoWantsToLiveForever: Exploited by Ichirō Yashida to convince Logan to accept his "gift" of growing old and dying so ''he'' can live beyond his natural life span.
* WolverineClaws: Wolverine's weapons of choice are still the metal claws that pop out of his hands.
* WronskIFeint: Upwards variation: the TraintopBattle has Wolverine and the Yakuza mooks jumping and ducking to avoid the overhead signs above the train. At a certain point, Logan makes it like he's going to jump... so the other guy does so and gets struck by a higher up sign.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Mariko Yashida is introduced caring for her grandfather in a family compound that values tradition (Yukio changes into a yukata when she arrives, Wolverine passes by a kendo match, etc). She demonstrates the 'core of iron' when targeted by kidnappers [[spoiler: and confronting her evil grandfather]].
* YoureInsane: Mariko to her father [[spoiler:when he's about to kill her.]]
* YouMonster: [[spoiler:Mariko tells her grandfather this by stating he had become a monster. [[MoralEventHorizon By this point he was rightfully past the point of no return of redemption]].]]
* YourCheatingHeart: While Mariko is missing, Noburo Mori's [[AThreesomeIsHot partying with hookers]], something that greatly angers Logan. [[spoiler: Though it's more because this behavior reveals that he's involved in the plot against his fiancée.]]
* ZettaiRyouiki: Yukio has a grade B when she first confronts Logan in the beginning.
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